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The McClure Gallery of the VAC is an exhibition venue for professional artists, community based artists, and young emerging artists.  The gallery serves a strong educational function in the community, encouraging public appreciation of contemporary art through seminars, lectures and tours.  Accompanying exhibition catalogues are published when funding is available.

While the gallery mostly serves the Montreal and Quebec visual arts community, it welcomes submissions from further afield. We also welcome proposals from guest curators, through our Curatorial Programme.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 6 pm
Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm
* Closed Sunday and Monday
* Closed in July and August

McClure Gallery Season 2022 – 2023 

Exhibitions & public programming Fall 2022

Douglas Scholes, cropped shots of Blue Bird – Terrible Beauties, 2021, 20” x 30”, and a screenshot from the 2013 film Passages. GIF [Digital Image] 2022. Photo Credit: Jaden Scholes.

Terrible Beauties

September 2nd to October 1st, 2022

Combining photography with an immersive video installation, the solo exhibition Terrible Beauties by Douglas Scholes encourages reflection on our collective relationship with waste: trash, litter, rubbish, garbage, debris, detritus, refuse, junk, or that which was desired but is now discarded. Within the work, Scholes is present as a persona called The Rubbish Picker who through humour and a subtle sense of futility, shifts the lens through which we experience things by collecting and interacting with the unwanted, used, and discarded stuff that amasses within various landscapes, including roadside eddies, or wastescapes of active, decommissioned and clandestine landfill sites.

Ianick Raymond, Paint skin (in progress), 2022, acrylic and print on canvas, 122 x 244 cm.

Almost There

October 7 to 29, 2022

Driven by a desire to tinker with visual reflexes, Ianick Raymond creates pictorial spaces that at first glance seem obvious, but whose complexity is revealed by degrees as the viewer comes into contact with their materiality. The work in this exhibition creates a visual path through the gallery, with painted and printed traces merging that provoke complex optical ‘disturbances’ and ask the question “How is it done?”.

Justine Skahan, Impermanent Dwelling 01, 2021, Graphite on paper, 23 x 30 cm.

De l’intérieur vers l’extérieur

November 4 to 26, 2022

In Skahan’s work, the house is a metaphor for human relationships: both need continuous upkeep and deteriorate if left unattended. In this exhibition, the artist considers the idea of shelter more broadly as a desire for permanence and certainty, and the role that home ownership plays in our cultural psyche. In this context, her drawings and paintings of tents and other improvised structures are metaphors for vulnerable psychological states, evoking the current reality of those in more precarious housing situations.

Raphaël Biscotti, Airplane, 2022, graphite on Japanese paper, 366 x 183 cm.

De l’intérieur vers l’extérieur

November 4 to 26, 2022

The phenomenon of anxiety and its creative potential animates Biscotti’s artistic practice. Through the silent, slow, and demanding process of manual work, the artist tries to evoke the feeling that drawing allows him to express and evacuate. Care and empathy are at the core of his project, and gentleness emanates from the work, creating a poetic and sensitive universe that reimagines anxiety through the prisms of nature and domestic space.

Alexia McKindsey, The Sisters I, 2019, Oil on canvas, 122 cm x 152 cm.

Mnemonic Devices

December 2 to 22, 2022

In this exhibition, McKindsey explores the idea of place as a vessel that carries the traditions, memories and experiences of the people who have lived within it. Working with a collection of photographs and other archival material from her past and present domestic spaces, the artist presents a series of works including egg tempera paintings, crochet, weavings and oil paintings that embody the essence of these spaces.

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